New Jersey Geography
- Geographical Region: Northeast
- Size: 8722 sq.mi., 47th rank overall.
- Admitted to Statehood: December 18, 1787
- Population: 8,707,739;11th rank overall.
- Capital: Trenton
- Other Major City: Newark
- Abbreviation: NJ
- Nickname: Garden State
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- State Bird: Eastern Goldfinch (opens window to 50states.com)
- State Flower: Violet (opens window to 50states.com)
- The Atlantic Coastal Plain is an area of gently rolling lowlands covering more than half the state. The northern area of this region consists of salt marshes, lagoons and meadows.
- To the west of the coastal area are the Pine Barrens, a region of dense forests and small rivers.
- Just to the north of the Atlantic Coastal Plain is the Piedmont region. It's a 20-mile wide strip consisting of many large rivers and is highly populated.
- The Highlands to the north of the Piedmont are characterized by many lakes in the valleys between the flat-topped ridges.
- The northwest corner of the state is known as the Appalachian Ridge and Valley Region. It is home to New Jersey's highest elevations and includes the Kittatinny Mountains.
Map: Relief Map of NJ
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- An average 1,030 people per square mile, New Jersey has the highest population density in the United States.
- New Jersey is home to the first Indian reservation.
- The first nearly complete skeleton of a Hadrosaurus dinosaur was discovered in Haddonfield, New Jersey in 1858 sparking the beginning of modern paleontology.
- 90% of New Jersey's population lives in an urban area, making it home to the highest percent urban population in the U.S.
- All of New Jersey's counties are classified as metropolitan areas.
- Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, light bulb, and motion picture projector in his Menlo Park Laboratory.
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